Ryti-Ribbentrop Agreement

In March 1944, the Finnish government attempted to conclude a peace agreement with the Soviet Union. In response, Germany again halted food and ammunition deliveries. It turned out that the Ryti-Ribbentrop agreement was less important for the outcome of the war than it was in June 1944. The Wehrmacht had already supplied critical anti-tank weapons and sent a major air force service to support Finnish defence on the Karelian isthema. Indeed, all the necessary military aid was already in Finland or en route when Ribbentrop began to put President Ryti under pressure; The diplomacy of the German Ministry of Defence and the army headquarters seem to have acted independently of each other. Prior to the 1944 Soviet summer offensive, it is estimated that the Finnish army held at least 26 divisions, 5 brigades and 16 Red Army regiments. The Wehrmacht had every reason to use the Finns as a kind of rear force, always strong and always very committed, to defend its homeland in the face of a communist invasion, while the Germans withdrew from Russia and the Baltics. The Finnish sopimus language has a wide range of denominations ranging from the colony, the agreement and the treaty to the pact and the treaty. In this context, an agreement or contract may be the most appropriate. [Clarification needed] [Citation required] The agreement became obsolete when Ryti resigned on 31 July 1944 and was replaced as president of Mannerheim, which did not consider itself or Finland to be linked to Ryti`s concession. In six weeks, Finland had concluded a ceasefire with the Soviet Union. In accordance with the conditions of the ceasefire, the war in Lapland began to forcibly evacuate the Wehrmacht from northern Finland.

At the beginning of the war, the Soviet Union formed a puppet government and cut ties with the Ryti-Tanner government. The Finnish army fought in December 1939 and January 1940. This has saved time and freedom to maneuver diplomatically. The Soviet Union was forced to abandon the Terijoki government and accept the Stockholm negotiations. Interventions planned by Western allies influenced the Soviet government to reach an agreement. [11] Ryti convinced the rest of the cabinet to settle for peace and signed the Moscow Peace Treaty on March 13, 1940. The peace agreement, in which Finland lost vast land and faced the burden of resettling 400,000 refugees, was generally seen as damning.